Guardian (title)

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The Guardian ( Latin guardianus , Italian guardiano "the guardian", "the guardian") is the name for the superior of a convent in the Franciscan and Capuchin order . A Guardian is now usually appointed for three years by the provincial chapter of the order province . The guardian's deputy is called the vicar .

The name for the head of the monastery goes back to the founder of the order, Francis of Assisi . In his will he spoke of the higher offices of minister ("servant"), custos and guardian (both in the meaning of "guardian") and avoided terms such as prior or superior in his writings .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Lothar Hardick OFM: The Franciscan understanding of ministry (Testament No. 12). In: Spiritual Legacy VI. Study day of the Franciscan Working Group 1979. Werl 1980 (Wandlung in Treue Vol. 22), pp. 46–59, now also in: Dieter Berg (Ed.): Spiritualität und Geschichte. Ceremony for Lothar Hardick OFM on his 80th birthday. , Werl 1993, ISBN 3-87163-195-7 , pp. 91-102, here p. 94.
  2. ^ The term Guardian. In: Glossary. Franciscan Order, accessed April 17, 2017 .